Senator Cory Booker risks political career by releasing Kavanaugh documents deemed “committee confidential.”

By |2018-09-07T04:45:13-08:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |34 Comments

It looks like the Democrats are finally playing hardball. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

In a dramatic interaction during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court on Thursday morning, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced that he planned to deliberately violate rules against releasing protected information, risking, in his own estimation, the loss of his position.

Here’s why he did so — and what’s likely to happen as a result.

At issue are documents provided to the committee before the hearings began. (Kavanaugh must be evaluated by the committee before his nomination can be sent to the full Senate for confirmation.) Booker took issue with how and when some of those documents were released, including a set released after having been vetted by William Burck, an attorney for President George W. Bush. (Kavanaugh served in Bush’s administration.)

One of the documents included in the Burck-reviewed set was an email revealing the nominee’s views on racial profiling — but because it had been deemed “committee confidential” after a review, Booker was not allowed to refer to it or ask Kavanaugh questions about it. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, established a process for review of that confidentiality, but Booker argued that the process was too cumbersome, perhaps deliberately, to allow him to make reference to the document in time.

He explicitly criticized the withholding of the profiling document.

“The fact that there is nothing in that document that’s personal information, there’s nothing national security-related, the fact that it was labeled as committee confidential, exposes that this process, sir, is a bit of a sham,” Booker said.

And true to his word Booker did indeed release the documents some of which you can find here.

Senator Mazie Hirono thought that these were important and completely supported Cory Booker’s decision to publish the documents.

After Booker made clear his intention to publish these documents Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex) said that Booker broke the rules of the Senate and suggested that there would “be consequences.”

Booker responded with this:

I really do not know if these documents will have any significant effect on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but I do know that their release has energized the Democratic base and given Booker’s presidential aspirations a shot in the arm.

P.S. Since all of this happened these emails have been declassified which seems to indicate that Booker will likely not face any consequences despite the threat. 

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  1. Anon September 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    ” In a particularly telling moment, following questioning by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kavanaugh claimed that the 17-year-old immigrant who tried to obtain an abortion last year, Jane Doe, did not seek the required approvals from the government. As Durbin pointed out, this is incorrect, as Doe obtained a judicial bypass before a Texas court.

    As ThinkProgress has previously reported, Kavanaugh would be disastrous for abortion rights, having previously praised the dissent in Roe v. Wade. If he is confirmed, it is all but guaranteed that abortion law will be overturned.”

    • anon September 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’

      “Following Kavanaugh’s remarks on Thursday, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said it was “no wonder” activists have been so emphatic in protesting his nomination.

      “Kavanaugh referred to birth control ― something more than 95 percent of women use in their lifetime ― as an ‘abortion-inducing drug,’ which is not just flat-out wrong, but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda,” Laguens told HuffPost. “Women have every reason to believe their health and their lives are at stake.”

      “Let me break it down for you, Brett,” she went on. “Birth control is basic health care. Birth control allows women to plan their futures, participate in the economy, and ― for some women with health issues like endometriosis ― allows them to get through the day.”

      Bob Bland, co-president of the Women’s March, called Kavanaugh’s potential ascent to the Supreme Court “an emergency, all-hands-on-deck moment for women across America.”

      “We know Brett Kavanaugh is against abortion, and now we know he thinks birth control is abortion,” Bland said Thursday.

      Cruz, who brought up the Priests for Life case at Thursday’s hearing, used language similar to Kavanaugh’s when he referred to contraception as “abortifacients” at a 2013 summit. The religious right’s use of terms like “abortifacient” and “abortion-inducing drugs” has long been criticized by medical and pro-abortion rights communities. “

      • Beaglemom September 7, 2018 at 3:34 am

        Kavanaugh’s attitude towards birth control is the same as that espoused by the vast majority of Republican men. It shows his absolute ignorance of women’s health issues and his indifference towards women in general. We are, after all, at least half of the population and, without us, population would end. I doubt if even Pope Francis would have such ignorant ideas. What rock have Republican men crawled out from? If their mothers did not have fifteen children, then it is likely that they and their husbands/partners practiced some kind of birth control.

        • anon September 7, 2018 at 6:37 am

          A Vasectomy…? Right!?

    • anonymous September 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      “According to Rubin, Harris’ line of inquiry has observers and White House aides scrambling to see what she might have been leading up to.

      “If Harris has evidence he had an inappropriate or conflict-creating interchange with the president’s lawyer, it is critical we hear about it. If not, it is unfair to leave the inference hanging out there,” Rubin wrote before adding that Harris may be restrained “because of the cockamamie restrictions on documents that Republicans have erected.”

      “It is time for Democrats to cry foul, put whatever they have out there and let Republicans justify their attempts to hide the ball,” “This may be a break-out moment for the junior senator from California.””

  2. Anon September 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    ” Kavanaugh — then a senior Bush White House official and a nominee for his current job as a federal appellate judge — had a confirmation hearing. In that 2006 hearing, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked if Kavanaugh ever saw “documents relating to the President’s NSA warrantless wiretapping program.” Kavanaugh’s response was unequivocal.

    “I learned of that program when there was a New York Times story — reports of that program when there was a New York Times story that came over the wire, I think on a Thursday night in mid December of last year.” the judge-to-be claimed.

    When Leahy pressed Kavanuagh, asking if the nominee heard “anything about it prior to the New York Times article,” Kavanaugh’s response was even more definitive — “nothing at all.”

    There’s just one problem with Kavanaugh’s 2006 claim that he knew nothing about the program. This problem:>
    ““I can’t rule that… right in the wake of September 11?” Kavanaugh asked. “It was all hands on deck on all fronts.”

    • Anon September 6, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Who are those Wp women sitting behind him? The grand daughter$ ‘Girls from Brazil’..

  3. Lynn September 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    OMG Steve Schmidt just laid it all on the table on MSNBC re Palin stealing the clothes to being an idiot. Wish I had recorded it so I could list over and over.

    • Anonymous in Chicago September 6, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Today on the MSNBC show Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace, there was a 5 minute discussion comparing the incompetence and danger in the 2008 presidential election of Sarah Palin and the parallels of the danger that Donald Trump poses for the USA. Nicole Wallace & Steve Schmidt & the author of Game Change (John H.) discussed their observations from that time. Nicole Wallace also mentioned that it was because of Wallace’s & Schmidt’s discussion of Palin’s incompetence following the election, that neither one of them was invited to McCain’s funeral & memorial services. It was a great 5 minutes to watch if you can find a copy of it, Gryphen.

    • abbafan September 6, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Lynn – see the story @ Crooks and Liars!! Game Change (the movie) was SPOT_ON!!!

    • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      He went on to say that if by some chance McCain won, she would have never been given the oath of office because of all the stuff she stole.

      Reason that she QUIT????
      “All of the clothes and the booty that she ripped off from the campaign, all the gifts and all of the loot she was pocketing from the campaign” was a felony violation of the Alaska ethics law.”

      • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        5:24 “She hadn’t hit me yet…that came….”
        And still purporting the lie that $arah had just given birth. SIGH.

      • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm

        Doesn’t surprise me if she smacked people. Palin Brawl anyone? Four years next week.
        Yet she still blames Couric for her “intelligent” stuff left on the editing room floor.
        Now that’s stupid. Understand advances in technology, lame brain?

    • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Hel-LO, $arah, did you think it wouldn’t come out??? We may never know why you officially resigned, calling the esteemed Tawd off the slope (if he was actually there) for your breathless explanation, but hey! I’m sure you’ve just been given fuel for the fire Donna Brazille chat, but plenty of us know that Steve and Nicholle are speaking the truth. Queen Heifer chosen by God to lead us to the promised land. What an absolute fraud you and you family continue to be.

    • Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

      Did he lay the fake pregnancy out? GO BIG OR GO HOME Stevie.

  4. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Yep, it pretty much was a sham especially the part where brett couldn’t or wouldn’t answer the question and then afterwards some republican like Senator Lee would answer for him and say isn’t that what you meant to say.

    I am hoping Kamila Harris has something on him in connection with the Mueller investigation and he doesn’t get confirmed, otherwise we are screwed because this is a shady, lying con artist, like the person that nominated him.

  5. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    The more that comes out about this guy, the slimier he gets

    Kavanaugh didn’t just peddle Vince Foster conspiracy theories under Starr—it was his idea to do it

    ……Of all the possible things Kavanaugh could have “investigated” under Ken Starr, how did he end up in charge of the sleaziest, most conspiracy-addled, already-debunked Vince Foster “theories?” That was the gutter of Republicandom, even back then.

    The answer, as Sean Wilentz narrates in the New York Times, appears to be that it was Brett Kavanaugh’s idea, and he insisted on it. He spent $2 million in taxpayer money and nearly three years of “investigation” on it, and he did so, according to his own files, based on the theories of a collection of conspiracy-minded nutcases with absolutely no credibility on anything…….

    • HRC September 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      “For months, his inquiries callously harassed a grieving family and Mr. Foster’s friends. His office spread malicious sexual innuendo about Hillary Clinton, whom he seems to have regarded as prey. By reopening a closed investigation, he irresponsibly gave the Foster conspiracy freaks credibility to continue smearing the Clintons and poison public debate for another three years, all at the taxpayers’ expense.”

  6. anonymous September 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    FB>”The goal of a confirmation process should be to find out the truth, not hide the truth. Trust the American people, (in a twist on Jack Nicholson’s famous quote) we can handle the truth.”<dan rather

  7. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    The material Booker released was cleared for release at 4 this morning – before his dramatic announcement. I like Booker but he needs to fire his staff. He looks kind of foolish. So did Cornyn.

    Of course the material should have been released before 4 this morning and this is the result of Trump rushing the hearing but it was kind of much ado about nothing.

  8. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I kind of like the sound of President Booker. I hope he has a squeaky clean past.

    • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Me, too. Unfortunately, what we have “now,” were in cahoots to take President Obama down the night of his inauguration. Old news, I know, but this country will never have a black man show them up again. Just LOOK at them. Holy shit.

    • Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Same. I’m feelin’ it too! After Pres, Kamala Harris.

  9. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    So the news is saying that there are a couple of democrats even who couldn’t find a reason for not confirming Kavanaugh. Is this true?

    • Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Those are the DINOS fearing for their re-election. Manchin being lead swine. Piss on them all.

      I’d like to know if after what has been revealed about Kavanaugh’s views on abortion if Murkowski and Collins are still going to confirm him. So many hypocrites in the Republican party.

      Even if Collins and Murkowski vote no Manchin and 3-4 other DINOS will confirm anyway.

      It’s a done deal. The only thing this sham accomplishes is we know upfront how bad he is and who voted to confirm anyway, despite it all.

      May Bitch die soon and rot in hell.

  10. sarah is just another hole to stuff a cock into September 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Palin quit because she was blackmailed.

  11. Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Booker called their bluff and the documents were supposedly made free for release a few hours before Booker released them. He wasn’t the only one. The senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, also released documents.

    And boy, are they disturbing. Not only the RoevWade isn’t settled but also that birth control is ABORTION INDUCING DRUGS. There are also dissents regarding immigration that don’t cite anything. They’re just Kavanaugh creating “law” out of his own partisan opinion.

    He’s AWFUL. This hearing *is* a sham, an ugly side show exposing the partisan dysfunction currently running rampant.

    Kavanaugh will be exposed as unfit for the SCOTUS but the Republicans will confirm him anyway.

    If the Democrats had any balls they’d use this all to win in November and 2020, then they’d impeach Kavanaugh for perjury and remove him. But the current leadership is too weak.

    At least Elizabeth Warren is calling for Trump to be removed via the 25th. It’s obvious he’s nothing but a puppet.

  12. anonymous September 7, 2018 at 6:35 am

    “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) released emails that show Kavanaugh made misleading or false statements about his involvement in the nomination of Judge William Pryor in 2006, the “Memogate” scandal in 2003 and the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

    He also gave conflicting statements about his views on Roe v. Wade as settled law.”

  13. Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 8:44 am

    “They must have hard evidence of this supposed communication by Kavanaugh,” speculated Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels who is angling for his own presidential run. “I’m sure they do,” Avenatti continued, because “otherwise Harris would not have done what she did in light of the cardinal rule: Don’t over promise to the jury and then not deliver [because] you will lose all credibility and be crucified.”

    Starting to ‘breakout’…

  14. ANON September 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    “In the hearing this week, Sen. Leahy also noted that the previously hidden emails showed that Miranda asked to meet Kavanaugh in person to give him “paper” files with “useful info to map out [Sens. Joe] Biden and [Dianne] Feinstein, and others.” The promised information included “Biden-speak.” Again, this would not have been a normal information exchange.

    In response to Leahy’s questions this week, Kavanaugh made the outlandish claim that it was typical for him to be told what Democrats planned to ask at these combative hearings over controversial nominees, and that this was in fact the “coin of the realm.””
    ” During his testimony, Kavanaugh conflated these adversarial proceedings with ones in which Democrats might have cooperated with the other side, like the Patriot Act and airline liability. But these weren’t hearings on some bill where senators would share their concerns across the aisle to try to get a bipartisan fix on problems in a piece of legislation. These were oppositional proceedings in committee and on the floor over controversial judicial nominees. Kavanaugh knew this just as intimately as I did—our sides fought over those nominations intensely.”
    “During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material.

    Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn’t have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance—which I personally find implausible—there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft.” he lied. Under oath repeatedly.”
    “he explicitly and repeatedly went out of his way to say he never had access to any such materials. These objectively false statements were offered under oath to convince the committee of something that was untrue. It was clearly intentional, with Kavanaugh going so far as to correct Sen. Kennedy when the senator described the document situation accurately.

    That’s why—without even getting into other reasonable objections to his nomination—he should not be confirmed.

    In fact, by his own standard, he should clearly be impeached.”

    Lisa Graves

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